Rosalind Childs called 911 last year after her teenage son came home to find their home had been burglarized. The thieves took off with a laptop computer, money and a designer handbag.
"I got home four hours later and he was sitting there with a butcher's knife in my house waiting for the police to come," Childs said of her son.
After two more calls, the 51-year-old Childs was told she would be better off making a report at the closest precinct.
Childs is doubtful bankruptcy will change anything.
"We already are getting poor city services. Last week, they didn't even pick up our trash," she said. "I don't think bankruptcy is really going to make a difference. You can't put a band aid on a gunshot wound."